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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing:
Medical Marijuana: Is It the Medical Panacea Some Hope It to Be?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Room 2043, Rayburn House Office Building

Boxed lunches will be available for attendees

Dear Colleague: 

We want to draw your attention to an invitation you should have already received from the Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS). On Wednesday, May 9th at 12:00 noon,
CLS cordially invites you to attend a briefing entitled Medical Marijuana: Is It the Medical Panacea Some Hope It to Be?
in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043. The distinguished speaker will be
Dr. Kent Hutchison, from the University of Coloardo, Boulder.

Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and more states are poised to legalize it this year.  As swiftly as laws on the state level are being passed to allow the use of medical marijuana, the federal government
is not budging on this issue.  The reason often cited is that there is not enough research to prove the need to legalize it for medicinal purposes. As individuals are turning to cannabis as a potential answer to opiate addiction and chronic pain, the need
for updated and timely empirical evidence regarding the potential health benefits and risk of cannabis is stronger than ever.   

We hope you will join the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus to hear from Dr. Hutchison as he outlines research on the health effects of medical marijuana and discusses how the potential risks need to be weighed against the potential benefits.
Please RSVP to Lynn Marquis at

The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus provides a forum where Members and staff can interact directly with preeminent researchers responsible for important scientific discoveries. Many of the stunning advances, made possible by NIH funding, highlighted
in these presentations have led to improved understanding of the cause, treatment, and prevention of human disease.

If you would like to join the Biomedical Research Caucus, please contact Molly Fishman (
in Congresswoman Speier’s office or Drew Hatter ( in Congressman Stivers’s office.



Jackie Speier                 Steve Stivers                  Steve Cohen                  

Member of Congress     Member of Congress     Member of Congress     


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